About Bristol Bound

Bookbinding since 1986

Bristol Bound was established in 1986 by Rachel James on gaining her qualifications in bookbinding from Brunel Technical College, Bristol. Rachel has a Diploma and advanced Diploma and City and Guilds Certificate and Advanced Certificate in bookbinding and book restoration, paper and document conservation with distinctions.

For many years Bristol Bound flourished in rented premises as part of the Clifton Antiques Market in Clifton Village. During this time Rachel also taught bookbinding part-time to Graphic Designers at Bath College of Higher Education and gained great satisfaction in passing on her skills.

North Street

Rachel has trained, and been joined by her husband Richard, who has a background in boat-building and cabinet making. Together they bought premises at their current address in 1997.

As a husband and wife team they aim to offer a friendly professional service to their customers, whilst maintaining a high standard of workmanship.

Work space

In addition to the core business of bookbinding, workspace has been made available to other like minded craft/creative businesses which currently includes:
  • Handcrafted Bespoke Furniture
  • Bristol web design company
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Design
  • Production company
  • Stained glass studio
  • Architectural Stained Glass Artist
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